Does Traumatic Brain Injury Qualify for Social Security Disability?
A traumatic brain injury is the type of injury that can occur during an accident. Someone can hit their head and cause damage to the brain when slipping and falling, getting into a motor vehicle accident, or even after getting attacked by another person. Whenever the head hits something hard, the impact can lead to traumatic injuries to the brain that can have a negative effect on a person, making it hard for them to talk, walk, focus, or live life without experiencing a broad range of frustrating symptoms.
Those who are diagnosed with this type of injury might not be able to work. In that case, they can consider filing for Social Security Disability. If you have a traumatic brain injury, you may want to know if it is possible to get your application for SSDI approved. You absolutely can get it approved, but there are things you need to know in advance.
What Are the Common Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Someone who sustains a traumatic injury to the brain can suffer from a variety of symptoms, many of which are debilitating and life changing. The things that were once simple, easy, and natural for you to do can become such a challenge to complete.
In addition to having more obstacles to overcome because of the injury, you may experience some of the following symptoms that make each day difficult for you:
- Chronic headaches that come and go while causing excruciating pain
- Difficulty speaking or slurring of the words
- Tingling sensation throughout the entire body
- Sudden feelings of anxiousness and depression
- Light sensitivity that can trigger headaches
- Random seizures
While these are a handful of the symptoms people often experience when they have a traumatic brain injury, other symptoms can occur as well. These symptoms are the reasons why people tend to want to apply for Social Security Disability after such an injury. Dealing with chronic headaches, anxiety, and other issues can make holding down a job such a challenge for someone with a brain injury. Even if the person wants to go back to work, they just might not be able to do so because of the way they feel.
How Can Someone with This Type of Injury Get Approved for Social Security Disability?
When you have a traumatic brain injury, you should have medical evidence to prove the claims you are making. You are going to need to complete an application with the Social Security Administration in which you will provide a lot of information about yourself, including the income you currently have coming in, the types of injuries you have, and the cause of those injuries. You should have copies of medical records and other information that will support the claim for disability.
When you are not sure exactly how to complete the application or what to include in the application to improve your chances of getting approved for Social Security Disability the first time around, you should contact an attorney who can help you. A disability attorney will be able to provide you with advice and guidance when you are completing the application while reviewing everything before it gets submitted.
Know that the process does take some time, but when you provide supporting documents, including records of injuries, statements from physicians that care for you, and documents from any other medical professionals you might see, it is easier to get an approval.
Need to Apply for Social Security Disability After Sustaining a Brain Injury? Dansby Law Can Help
While a traumatic brain injury might not be an injury that is noticeable to the average person, it is still a serious enough condition for you to get approved for Social Security Disability. However, before you can start to receive these benefits, you must first complete a lengthy application where you are providing a lot of important information about yourself and your condition. It takes time, but you can get help with the application and receive answers to questions you might have by contacting an experienced attorney. At the Dansby Law Firm, we care about helping our clients get the benefits they need. Contact our office at 1-877-834-7001 today to schedule your consultation.